Design Resources and Publications


Designing New York

In collaboration with partner agencies and organizations, the Public Design Commission has developed the Designing New York series, which provides guiding principles and recommendations for the quality design of public spaces.


Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing


Coming soon:

Designing New York: Safer Streets for People

Designing New York: Prefabrication in the Public Realm



PDC Annual Reports

NYC Open Data Portal



Interagency Resources

Active Design

Active Design Guidelines

Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience


Affordable Housing

Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing

NYC Interagency Affordable Housing Review Process



NYC Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program

NYC Cultural Affairs Public Art Resources

She Built NYC


Climate Resiliency and Sustainability

Design and Planning for Flood Resiliency: Guidelines for NYC Parks

NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency - Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines

Planning for Climate Resiliency

Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk

Sustainable New York

Waterfront Revitalization Program Coastal Zone Boundary Map

Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency


Design and Construction Excellence

NYC DDC Design and Construction Excellence Resources

NYC Planning Urban Design Principles


Maps and Data

NYCity Map

NYC Facilities Explorer

NYC Landmarks Map

NYC Planning GIS Maps and Datasets

NYC Street Tree Map


Streetscape Design

NYCDOT Library

NYCDOT Measuring the Street

Newsstand Size and Clearance Requirements

NYCDOT Street Design Manual

NACTO Urban Street Design Guide